Two youngsters attempting to join IS rehabilitated in Karachi

KARACHI: On Saturday, Counter-terrorism department (CTD) officials here confirmed that two youngsters who were attempting to join the militant Islamic State group in Syria have been rehabilitated after their repatriation to Pakistan.

The CTD sources said that both had no Jehadi background until they came into contact with Abu Khalid aka Abu Uqba through separate Twitter accounts.

Private newspapers reported sources, as saying that both men belonged to middle and upper middle class families of Karachi, and were still under surveillance.

The CTD sources further revealed on condition of anonymity that both males no longer had militant tendencies as per psychiatrists who had evaluated their condition.

Official in charge of the Counter Terrorism Department Raja Umer Khattab said that, men in their early 20s have no more militant tendencies according to the psychiatrists who evaluated their condition.

They along with some 25 other people trussed up with a piece of rope were taken in a Vigo vehicle across the border through the hilly terrain.

They were released after being ‘rehabilitated’ with the help of psychiatrists and their families, said Mr Khattab.

Police investigators claim to have traced in Karachi more than 50 militants inspired by the self styled Islamic State (also known by its Arabic acronym Daesh) which wants a presence in the country.

The investigation arm of police (east zone) came up on Tuesday with a list of 53 suspected militants who operate in a manner bearing the hallmark of Daesh. They belong to different parts of the country and are based in Karachi.

The investigation into the Safoora bus attack led to the findings about the depth of militancy in urban pockets of the country and growing influence of terrorist outfits, mainly among young and educated people.

The list also points out other banned and terrorist outfits operating in the city with some half a dozen commanders and each of them enjoys the assistance of five to six hit men.

But police authorities say that the 53 militants identified in the list are not necessarily directly linked to Daesh fighting mostly in Arab countries.

IS, which is led by Abu Bakar Al Baghdadi, is currently based in Iraq and Syria and occupies border areas. It is accused of killing hundreds of Muslims and some American and UK citizens, which include journalists and aid workers.

Reports of IS activity inside the country emerged in 2014 against the backdrop of two ongoing military operations against the TTP and its affiliates in North Waziristan and Khyber Agency.